Sources close to R&B superstar Lauryn Hill tell EW.com that the singer will soon star in a romantic comedy titled ”Sauce,” about two rival barbecue rib dealers who fall in love. The film will be accompanied by a Hill performed soundtrack, which will mark her first full length recording since ’98’s multimillion selling ”The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
This news ends rampant speculation about the dreadlocked diva’s next big screen move. In the past she’s reportedly passed on roles in such high profile films as ”Charlie’s Angels,” a Bob Marley biopic, and Oliver Stone’s proposed ”A Star Is Born” remake with Jamie Foxx.
A spokesperson for USA Films (whose ”Nurse Betty” is currently No. 7 at the box office) says the studio is ”close to finalizing a deal” with the singer, although no official announcement has yet been made. (Neither Hill’s agent nor manager returned EW.com’s calls by press time.) If successful, ”Sauce”’s one-two film and soundtrack punch could do for Hill what the $121 million grossing ”Bodyguard” did for Whitney Houston, who also sold more than 17 million copies of the accompanying soundtrack. But it remains to be seen if even the charismatic Hill can pull off a romance about rib juice.